Around 13 homes participate in the Namje Community Homestay, offering cozy homely accommodation with enough modern features to keep you comfortable. Rooms are equipped with fans, which will be welcome in the warmer months.Bathrooms are separate from the main houses, and have Nepali-style squat toilets (which may be easier to use than you imagine!) They are...
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Experience cultural and natural outdoor activities in an ethnic Magar village in the hills of eastern Nepal away from the hustle of the cities. After the noise and frenzy of Kathmandu, the Namje Community Homestay is an idyllic rural retreat where guests can break their journey along the East-West Highway. The ethnic Magar village is near the town of Dharan on the Terai, but far enough away that you’ll really feel like you’re in the countryside.
Guests at the Namje Community Homestay can also enjoy a range of cultural activities put on by their hosts. Watch an evening performance with local dances and costumes, and even have a turn dancing yourself. One benefit of the Community Homestay model of accommodation is that when outside visitors come to an area and show interest in the traditional customs and art forms, there is a renewed reason for the local youth to participate in these activities. Some traditional folk songs and practices that would otherwise be at risk of fading away get a new lease on life, and the locals can feel proud that their culture is being celebrated.
Around 13 homes participate in the Namje Community Homestay, offering cozy homely accommodation with enough modern features to keep you comfortable. Rooms are equipped with fans, which will be welcome in the warmer months.
Bathrooms are separate from the main houses, and have Nepali-style squat toilets (which may be easier to use than you imagine!) They are private, and come with hot water for your comfort and clean towels.
Namje is an idyllic village in the hills of eastern Nepal. The Namje Community Homestay is ideally situated between Kathmandu, Janakpur, the eastern Terai, and Ilam, so can easily be included in a tour of these other major places. There’s enough to see and do here for more than a single night’s stopover, however, so plan to spend a couple of days exploring the area.
Like many Nepali hill towns, a major attraction is hiking up to a ridge overlooking the village, for great views. You can also walk up to Thumki Hill, which the local Magar people call the ‘place of spirits’. Animist traditions are still practiced here, and villagers go to the hill to worship their ancestors. There are also great sunset views from here.
Other nearby attractions and activities include white-water rafting, paragliding, the refreshing Namaste Falls, and Rani Lake in Rajarani, where you can spot beautiful birds. You can also make a trip to the city of Dharan, about an hour away, to see the small circuit of sights, including attractive temples.
Climate and weather
At around 1500 metres altitude, Namje is cooler than the stifling Terai, but not high enough that you’ll experience any altitude-related problems. Spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) are warm without being too hot, and there’s usually no rain. Winter (December-February) can be cold, but is usually dry.
Best Time to Visit
Spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) are the best times to visit Namje. Bring some warm clothes if coming in winter (December-February). The area experiences a hot and damp monsoon season (June-early September), which is best avoided as the views won’t be great.
Since the start of Namje Community Homestay, they villagers welcomed several guests for longer stays who helped the community by investing in a water pump and building the place of spirit for the villagers to commemorate their ancestors. The community invested in building a Community Hall to give seminars and training to the villagers.
Namje is home to a farming community, by day the villagers work in the fields tending to their crops and livestock. The children spend the day in the school and their evenings playing football or hide and seek.
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BehaviorGuests are required to behave in responsible manner, respect the local Communities, hosts, and other occupants in the homestays.Noise should be kept to a minimum between the hours of 10pm and ...